Trivia: Mad Max

  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: The "Anarchie Road" sign is a vandalised version of a real sign with the real name on it - the real name is "Anakie", it actually is that road (the film was largely made on the south-western outskirts of Melbourne) and Anakie is pronounced exactly the same way as Anarchy.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Max's black coupe. It is a Pursuit Special, but is often mistakenly called the Interceptor, the designation of his yellow patrol car (and also Roop and Charlie's patrol car), by fans, because it sounds cooler. And not just by fans — in Road Warrior, it's described as "the last of the V8 Interceptors" by the mechanic.
    • Max is never referred to onscreen as Mad Max. The nearest anyone comes to it is when Johnny screams at Max that he is mad when he is handcuffed by the ankle to a car rigged to explode.
  • Deleted Scene: The Mad Max Movies page lists various scenes that were cut from the first movie, but were said to have shown up in early cuts of the US version, especially on cable and VHS/Betamax. One deleted scene was said to have the biker gang return to Main Force Patrol headquarters and kill the remaining MFP officers. That may explain the absence of Max's comrades when he goes hunting for the bikers.
  • Fake Australian: Because Mel Gibson gets a pass (he was born in NY, but raised in Australia), there is Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome, and most of the cast in Fury Road (Max, Nux and Angharad: British; Furiosa: South African; Capable and Toast: American).
  • Food as Bribe: Most of the extras used in the original film were paid in beer.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Hugh Keays-Byrne plays the violent, murderous Toecutter but interviews show that Keays-Byrne is a very humble old fellow who seems really grateful to be able to do another Mad Max villain in Immortan Joe decades later. A scene in a behind-the-scenes clip for Fury Road shows him walking in full costume while stuntmen (also in full costume) stand on the trailer used to transport the screen-used cars. He bellows "You look amazing!", and they respond with the Warboy salute.
  • Name's the Same: The first two films were not scored by Brian May, guitarist of Queen, but by a Australian composer of the same name.
  • No Budget: Prior to the release of The Blair Witch Project, Mad Max had the highest profit ($100 million US Dollars) to cost ($300,000-400,000 Australian) ratio of any film.
  • Write What You Know: The events of the film were heavily based on George Miller's memories of all the serious injuries and death he witnessed while working in a Sydney ER, as well as the serious car accidents, some of which killed friends of his, that occurred around his boyhood home in rural Queensland.